Sewers' Suggestions West Des Moines IA

Have you ever constructed a garment only to end up with less-than-desirable results? Follow Sandra's expert tips and advice on seam construction, buttonholes, pattern intricacies and more. With her advice, you'll be strutting your new wardrobe in style!

Michael's Arts Crafts
(515) 223-8877
1404 22nd Street
West Des Moines, IA
 
Creative Coach
(515) 253-9881
8657 Douglas Ave Ste 130
Des Moines, IA
 
Stained Glass Store Inc
(515) 279-4855
3617 Ingersoll Av
Des Moines, IA
 
Hobby Lobby Creative Centers
(515) 953-1023
1160 E Army Post Rd
Des Moines, IA
 
Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
(515) 285-2037
5034 Se 14th St
Des Moines, IA
 
Superior Art Glass Studios Inc
(515) 282-4106
737 34th St
Des Moines, IA
 
Tandem Brick Gallery And Frame
(515) 282-1031
2722 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Broken Arrow Custom Screen Printing & Embroidery
(515) 251-6999
4133 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines, IA
 
Tandy Leather Factory
(515) 265-6521
5041 Ne 14th St
Des Moines, IA
 
Clayton'S Art & Crafts
(515) 266-3339
2610 E University Ave
Des Moines, IA
 

Sewers' Suggestions

Sewing expert Sandra Betzina has spent many years teaching and sewing with a passion. In this regular column, Sandra shares her tips for hassle-free sewing.

Sewing Solutions
from Sandra Betzina

Have you ever constructed a garment only to end up with less-than-desirable results? Follow Sandra's expert tips and advice on seam construction, buttonholes, pattern intricacies and more. With her advice, you'll be strutting your new wardrobe in style!

A Better Buttonhole
Size 70/10 sharp machine needles stitch the best buttonholes because of their ultra-sharp points.

Thread Options
Don't use polyester thread when sewing lightweight silk. Puckers in the sewn seam can be pressed out, but will return because polyester has memory. Silk or 100% cotton thread gives the most desirable results.

Extra Give
If garments end up being too tight even when using the size that coordinates with your measurements, cut wider side seams. When cutting out the pattern pieces, add an additional 1" beyond the cutting line at the side seams and underarm sleeve seam. Don't cut wide seams anywhere else. Before stitching the side seams, machine-baste them with a contrasting-color thread and a 1_" seam allowance. When fitting, there's up to an additional 4" of seam allowance to play with.

Save Those Scissors
Before you toss out a pair of scissors, try wiping the lint from between the blades. If the scissors still don't cut easily, consider having them professionally sharpened.

Cutting Knits
Since all knits vary in amount of stretch, cut wide seam allowances on the side and underarm sleeve seams. If the knit doesn't have as much stretch as you need, let out the seams.

Connect the Dots
Failure to transfer dots from the pattern to the fabric usually causes big problems later. A quick way to mark the dots without transferring them is by cutting an inward notch (or "in notch") into the seam allowance parallel to the dot on the pattern. The notch is easy to spot, and the dot marking is almost always _" in from the fabric cut edge.

Take Your Time
What's your hurry? If you love to sew, you'll probably start another project as soon as you finish the current one. Slow down and enjoy the process.

Faux Flat-Felled Seams
Never sew a flat-fell seam on stretch fabric. Doing so causes ripples within the stitch rows. Instead, sew a faux flat-fell seam by serging one edge of the seam allowance and trimming down the other edge. Instead of wrapping the raw edge of the cut seam allowance, simply cover it with the serged edge and secure with a row of topstitching.

Wonder Tape
Wonder Tape, a double-sided narrow adhesive tape is the next best notion to fusible stay tape for garment sewers. Eliminate seam shifting on velvets or when matching plaids by placing a strip of Wonder Tape 1/4" from the seam allowance cut edge. While the tape holds the seam together without pins during construction, it's easily...

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